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10 Ways to Attack a School Holiday Screen Slump

April 08, 2021 5 min read

school holiday activity ideas

It’s so important that our kids get out and about and spend some of their day being active. We know that watching a movie, playing computer games or relying on the iPad can be an easy fix to keep them occupied (guilty as charged 🙋🏻‍♀️!), but too much screen time can cause sleep and digestions problems, as well as issues with their posture and general wellbeing.

At Lava Tribe, we love to move. So we’ve put together...  10 ways to attack a school holiday screen slump! They’re not only going to keep your kids moving, adults are pretty much guaranteed to get some fun out of them too. 

1. Tackle a treasure hunt 21st century style

Geo-caching is a type of treasure hunt that's great fun for kids and adults alike - and MILLIONS of people worldwide have discovered the fun. Using GPS, the geo-caching community hide items like foreign currency, keyrings, trinkets, or booklets in waterproof containers.

Often they're hidden in plastic container under structures, in logs, behind rocks and many other weird and wonderful places. After registering on a geo-caching site, you'll put in your postcode, choose a geo-cache near you and then follow the clues and coordinates to find the treasure. It's a great way to enjoy and much-loved childhood pastime and explore your local area or holiday destination.

With 2,581,585 active Geocaches waiting to be found worldwide there's sure to be a few to choose from near you.

 

 

2. DIY school holiday camp

Create your 'holiday camp' with other parents. Each family creates a fun day of activities and has all the kids for that day. When you're only responsible for one day, you can pull out all the stops and make it action-packed and super fun.

Once you're done, the next family has the tribe and so on and so forth. Themes could be anything from a croquet day or beach fun, to slime making, scavenger hunting and bush walking adventures.  

There's nothing like a bit of healthy competition, so go all out! Make your ideas as fun as possible and try and 'out fun' the others 😉

3. Destination picnic!

Let's face it, treats taste better when you've worked for them and that's what a destination picnic is all about.

Choose a local park, waterfront spot, look out or where ever is good to chill out outdoors in your area. Then, depending on distance and age, you can either send the kids off on their bike, scooter or on foot or accompany them on their adventure. 

The incentive? A picnic! Pack a bag of delicious goodies and a picnic rug (or a towel to use as a mat). They'll love setting up their own picnic and revel in all their tasty, well-earned spoils. 

 

 

4. Say hello to a hula hoop

We love this super fun hula-hoop demo from Lizzy from Two Minute Moves and her hip-shakin' daughter Ruby (who's rocking her Lava Tribe set).

Is it even possible to feel sad and hula-hoop at the same time? Don't think so. It's the ultimate pick me up activity and a skill you can build on with practice. Use seven-year old Mridula Shanker from Michigan in the United States as inspo. She created a world record when she spun a hula hoop on one leg for just over 14 minutes!

 

 

Grab a hoop and enjoy a dose of holiday fun, health and happiness!

5. Play 'Plant Shazam'

Download an app like Pl@ntNet and head out to your nearest hiking trails and scenic walks. It's like Shazam for plants; so much fun for kids and adults alike and you can access its basic features for free. Plant identifications apps, like Pl@ntNet, allow you to scan the plant you discover. When it finds a match, it tells you what it is, how it grows and provides other interesting tidbits of info about the area you're exploring.

You'll also spot birds, lizards and other animals, and take in the spectacular scenery. Australia has some of the most beautiful and unique landscapes in the world. We’re so lucky to have such easy access to local national parks.

Pack a delicious picnic lunch (with plenty of water, of course) and set out to learn more about all native plants. 

Many of the national parks have waterfalls, rivers and gorges, so don’t forget your swimmers.

 

 

6. Get your groove on with the ultimate dance-off

This one’s great for rainy weather. Put together a party-worthy playlist and invite some friends over and host a dance-off. 

The rules are simple: split into teams and, within an hour, put together routines that even Maddy Zeigler would be proud of. Then it’s time to go head-to-head. Organise your judges and prizes for the winning team, as well as the most improved, the best individual move, and the most creative choreography.

7. Plan a park crawl

With so many fantastic public spaces in most areas, this is a great way to get out and explore your surroundings. You can do this by foot, by car, by bike or public transport; however you get around, your aim is to hit as many parks as you can (with time to play and explore each one too, of course).

Visit the 'parks and reserves' area of your council's website (and those in surrounding areas if you want to explore further afield) to find the best public spaces and playgrounds to hit for your park crawl adventure.

8. Stream our 15-minute family movement sessions

Join the Lava Tribe team, Cleo (9) Poppy (12) and their mum, Sarah, for our FREE 15-Minute Family Movement Sessions

We focus on a mixture of stretching, cardio and strength movements (and, most importantly, HAVING FUN!)

No equipment needed. Bring a water bottle and a can-do attitude.

 

 

9. Check in with your locals

If you’re stuck for ideas, then you can always check out your local PCYC which has local centres in New South WalesQueenslandVictoriaWestern Australia and Canberra. The centres host plenty of activities over the break including soccer and basketball tournaments right through to Zumba and dance classes. We love the PCYC philosophy – all its activities are designed to keep kids fit and healthy.

You'll often find your local council will have a range of activities planned in the holidays at your nearby libraries and community centres, too. And, as an added bonus, they're usually low cost or even free.

10. Get green thumbed

It only takes a small space to grow your own fruit, veggies and flowers. Edible plants like tomatoes and salad greens and a great place to start, as well as herbs like basil, rosemary and thyme. 

Flowers like sunflowers, lavender and marigolds are beautiful and bright, but also hardy enough to withstand seasonal changes (and a little neglect).  

Kids are always more inclined to eat food they've grown so not only is planting a garden a great school holiday activity, it might get them eating their veggies too!

Get involved! We'd love to hear your ideas.

Do you have any other ideas for the holidays? We’d love to hear from you. Comment below or join in the conversation on Facebook and Instagram.



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